New Delhi: Key people in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), including Lalit Modi and N. Srinivasan, cleared a move in September 2008 to amend regulations to allow office bearers to be part-owners of teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to a special leave petition (SLP) filed recently in the Supreme Court, the amendment was introduced three days after former BCCI president A.C. Muthiah filed a suit in the Madras high court, which said Srinivasan violated a regulation that stated “no administrator shall have directly or indirectly any commercial interest in any of the events of BCCI”.
Both Srinivasan and Modi were BCCI office bearers at that time.
The issue of Srinivasan’s conflict of interest has also been raised by BCCI vice- president and IPL chairman Modi.
The SLP filed recently by Muthiah in the apex court said the regulations were changed to allow administrators to have commercial interests in IPL, Champions League and Twenty20.
The petition’s roots go back to 24 September 2008, when Muthiah filed a suit in the Madras high court against BCCI and Srinivasan.
“My conviction is he (Srinivasan) should not be there. It’s a clear conflict of interest,” Muthiah said on Friday.
Srinivasan declined to comment on the issue.
“After the amendment, clause 6.2.4 reads as follows—no administrator shall have directly or indirectly any commercial interest in any of the events of BCCI, excluding IPL, Champions League and Twenty20,” the SLP said.
The Madras high court had dismissed Muthiah’s suit on the ground that he had no locus standi.
Muthiah said his appeal against the ruling at the Supreme Court was unconnected to the ongoing IPL controversy, and that he was not acting at the behest of anyone.
“It has nothing to do with IPL. It is about N. Srinivasan’s conflict of interest,” said Muthiah, who is chairman of Southern Petrochemical Industries Corp. Ltd.
Manish Ranjan contributed to this story.